Mills County

Pvt. Laverne Radford





Glenwood Soldier Home on
Furlough From Battlefronts

Special to The Nonpareil

GLENWOOD – First county boy to come home from the battlefront is Pvt. Laverne Radford, son of Charles Radford, jr., who is home on a 30-day leave. Radford trained with Co. I at Camp Clairborne La., was transferred to the 133rd infantry just before embarkment.

In the Tunisian campaign, he was wounded when a mine exploded as they were taking hill 609. Three of his companions were killed – one was Clarence Martin of Hastings. The screams of these friends as they died remains an indelible memory to him. He received shrapnel wounds in a leg. Just behind him and uninjured was his inseparable buddy, Sgt. Warren Stone. Later Sgt. Stone gave his life in Italy.

Wounded on April 29, Pvt. Radford was put on united service in July, hospitalized again in September and returned to the state on Nov. 15. Since that time he has received therapeutical (sic) treatments at White Sulphur Springs, Va. He limps slightly, but thinks his leg is improving. A bit of the shrapnel that caused him all this trouble he carries in his purse. He possessed the Purple Heart for wounds received in action.

Source: The Council Bluffs Nonpareil, Council Bluffs, Iowa, Friday, January 28, 1944, Page 2